It’s time to pick up the WLM Office Hours again. During these office hours
you can expect to talk with other WLM organizers about different aspects of
organizing the WLM competition.
We’ll start this year off with a first block (in 2 time slots to allow
optimal geographic coverage) on the research for DEI en are looking forward
to discussing issues of accessibility and disparity of resources, changing
local cultural contexts related to monuments/heritage, government or
bureaucratic restrictions to participation, and other such issues that
hinder inclusivity and diversity in WLM.
Please join us on the weekend of 29 and 30 January for an exchange of
experiences, after a brief introduction/presentation by Mesha (a researcher
that supports the international team). Whether you have experiences to
share, or are just curious about Wiki Loves Monuments and the research,
please join us for the call.
When: Sat. 29 Jan 9:00 am (UTC) and Sun. 30 Jan 18.00 (UTC)
Where: Google Meet
We would appreciate it if you could indicate your interest on this page on
12 hours before the start of the office hour we will share the link for the
call on this page.
On a final note: the international team will be planning more office hours
again and we have some ideas about the topics that could be covered, but we
of course would like to hear if you have ideas about this! Wikidata,
organizing your first photowalk, or the jury process: what would you like
to talk about? Let us know.
In recent years, several national teams have indicated that they
encountered problems that prevented them from being able to participate in
Wiki Loves Monuments. These issues included, but were not limited to, the
definition of a 'built monument', and the possible bias with authorities
that appoints monuments in their country. Issues such as colonial heritage
and indigenous heritage were also often a topic that teams ran into.
The International WLM team therefore sought and received WMF funds to
conduct a research on the diversity, equity and inclusion of the Wiki Loves
Monuments photo competition.
For this, I’d like to introduce to you Mesha, who is the researcher and
consultant that will be advising us on how to make our photo contest more
accessible to everyone.
Mesha will be reaching out to (previous) national organisers, (previous)
international organisers, and others involved with WLM in the upcoming
months. If you want to proactively reach out to Mesha and make sure your
experiences are being heard, she can be reached at
WLM International Team 2021